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Speed impressive at the 8th Annual YL Pistol Shoot
July 14, 2018

    It was a scorching, hot summer day for the 8th Annual Young Leader Pistol Shoot. The blazing sun and extreme humidity didn’t slow down the shooters though, as they displayed record speed throughout the day’s shooting stages.
    This year’s Young Leader Pistol Shoot set records for the event. Not only did the 2018 event have a record number of shooters, but the top speeds were significantly faster than in last year’s event.
    Thirty-seven shooters from throughout Illinois and Indiana gathered for the event, coordinated by the White County Farm Bureau Young Leader Committee. The event was held on Saturday, July 14 at the Carmi Rifle Club, and featured shooters of all ages and experience.  
    In the “Speed Steel” Competition, shooters had to work their way through five stations with five steel targets each. Individuals shot five relays at each station. Time was kept for each round, with the slowest time at each station being dropped. The lowest overall time shooting won the competition (total time shooting 100 targets).
    In the adult division, Trevor Armstrong from Tunnel Hill, IL won the division with a total time of 51.80 seconds. Second place went to Frederick Holmes of Bloomington, IN with a time of 61.21 seconds. Tim Armstrong, also of Tunnel Hill, took third place with a time of 64.42 seconds. All three shooters improved on their times over last year. Trevor won a brick of .22 ammunition for winning the division.
    In the youth division, Raya Adcock from Fairfield, IL took first place with a time of 81.84 seconds. Lucas Lueke from Carmi, IL took second place with a time of 109.00 seconds. Third place youth went to Travis Burkholder from Ewing, IL. Raya received a brick of .22 ammunition for winning the youth division.
    All of the shooters were given one ticket for the grand prize drawing of a Ruger Mark IV target pistol. The top three shooters in each division were given extra chances. Travis Burkholder was the winner of the pistol. The Gun Room at Indian Creek RV in Norris City donated the pistol and the ammunition prizes.
    Following lunch, shooters gathered for the second event of the Pistol Shoot. The “Display of Marksmanship” event tested the shooter’s ability to hit a 12” target at 25 yards using the same gun they used in the speed competition. Each shooter had 10 shots with no time limit. 
    First place in the Marksmanship competition went to Fred Holmes of Dahlgren, IL with a score of 97 and one bullseye. Second place went to Darryl Vancil from DuQuoin, IL with a score of 93 at two bullseyes. Third place went to Jeromey Toombs of Burnt Prairie, IL with a score of 91 and one bullseye. Fred Holmes won a brick of .22 ammunition for his top score.
    A huge thank you to the Carmi Riffle Club!  Without them we wouldn't be able to hold this event. We appreciate their support. 
    Proceeds from the Young Leader Pistol Shoot will support the annual Young Leader Collegiate Scholarship as well as the committee's participation in other county and state Young Leader programs.​
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